Do you want to prevent crime but feel as though you don’t know where to start? Here are five simple steps you can take right now to prevent crime and increase your safety.
Keep belongings out of sight when you park your car
Remember, property thefts are the number one crime at the university, but many of these crimes can be averted when you eliminate temptation. Make sure to place valuables out of sight, and thus out of the mind of a criminal. In addition, you should always roll up car windows, lock all doors, and take your keys with you.
Use a two-lock locking system when securing your bicycle on campus
Austin has one of the highest bicycle theft rates in the world. Two locks take twice the time, tools and manpower for a potential thief to defeat. The primary lock should be a U-shaped lock that uses a flat key, and the secondary lock a self-locking cable. Watch a video illustrating how to double-lock your bike. Also, take a few minutes and register your bicycle online with Parking and Transportation Services.
Don’t walk home alone
Call SURE Walk at 512-232-WALK (9255) and volunteers will meet you anywhere on campus and escort you to your destination.
Sign up for RAD’s free 16-hour women’s self defense class
The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention and risk reduction, and incorporates hands-on defense training. Registration is currently open to females for classes throughout the semester.
Preprogram UTPD’s number into your cell phone: 512-471-4441
UTPD’s goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff members, and visitors. Never hesitate to report suspicious activity and consider putting this number on speed dial in case of emergencies.
Avoid sleeping in public areas
The majority of crimes are crimes of opportunity, in which victims lack general awareness. Sleeping in common areas around campus, such as the Union or the UGL, provides criminals an opportunity to take advantage of exhausted students. If you must rest your eyes, wrap your arms around your belongings or keep your belongings under your head like a pillow. Does staying awake in public seem like a piece of cake? If so, try taking your awareness of your surroundings to a whole new level by signing up for Campus Watch.